Grant Impact Stories

Learn about how Community Foundation grants are making a difference in the lives of those who call Monroe County home.  

If you have received a grant from the Community Foundation, we want to hear from you! You can share your story about how grants are making a difference in Monroe County.

Ellettsville: Energized for a growing future

Ellettsville is actively engaged in planning for growth and executing a vision for a prosperous future. See all the ways this town is thriving.  Read more »

Protecting, sustaining, growing – together

Thanks to your generosity, the Community Foundation is impacting local environmental care and sustainability.  Read more »

Imagining homelessness as rare, brief, and non-repeating

For the past three years, our community has been working behind the scenes on a promising new approach to housing insecurity. Read more »

Sustaining the arts in Monroe County

The arts strengthen our community socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persisted even during the pandemic. Read more »

Expanding mental health resiliency and nonprofit capacity in Monroe County

Catholic Charities of Bloomington, the Bloomington Housing Authority, and LIFEDesigns were each awarded Resilient Community Mental Health Grants in November 2020 to enhance or expand mental, emotional, and behavioral health programs. Read more »

Transitional housing program changing lives while keeping families together

The Community Foundation awarded a proactive grant to Centerstone in 2017 for a new transitional housing and substance abuse treatment program for women, women who are pregnant, or women who have young children. Read more »

A grant that means so much more than fencing

The Community Foundation awarded a 2018 Community Impact Grant to People and Animal Learning Services to help fund the construction of new fencing in areas used for therapeutic riding. It enabled PALS to nearly double the number of children and adults served. Read more »

Sycamore Land Trust endowment helps ensure environmental education programs live forever

In 2015, Sycamore Land Trust collaborated with the Community Foundation to create a new endowment fund that would allow its educational program to grow and be sustainable long-term.  Read more »

Impact grants fuel collaboration to address food insecurity, healthy foods & job training

See how the power of collaboration between Hoosier Hills Food Bank, South Central Community Action Program, and Stone Belt has been transformative for Monroe County. Read more »

Two Children Playing with Blocks in a Classroom

Fairview Preschool: Learning, powered by giving

Through a grant from the Community Foundation’s Strategic Grantmaking Fund, a new Fairview Preschool class is getting 4-year-olds moving toward literacy. Read more »